[Posted on Sunday] Alabama defeated Louisiana Lafayette 3-1, to eliminate the Ragin' Cajuns. There was a long weather-related delay late Saturday night, during which I went to sleep. It's only from this article that I learned of the game's outcome. As it turned out, play didn't resume until after midnight local time.
Bama now goes against Arizona State. The undefeated Sun Devils need only win once to make the final championship series, whereas the Crimson Tide must beat ASU twice.
Florida has eliminated UCLA, 2-0. This makes the SEC 2-for-2 in games today against the Pac 10 (see below for a summary of Alabama's win over Arizona).
Florida next will play Texas A&M on Sunday. The Aggies, undefeated in World Series play, only need a single win over the Gators to qualify for the final championship series. Florida, with one loss already, must beat A&M twice to make the finals.
The Queen is dead! Long live the Queen!
We don't yet know who the new champion of college softball will be, but we know it will not be the 2006 and 2007 champion Arizona Wildcats. Thanks to a four-run explosion in the top of the sixth, the Alabama Crimson Tide has knocked off Arizona, 5-1. If I heard the ESPN announcers correctly, this is the first time Arizona has been eliminated in two games without a win, since 1990.
Bama will next face Louisiana Lafayette, in the second game of today's evening session (UCLA-Florida is first).
Florida has just narrowly avoided the embarrassment of being both the first-seeded team in the tournament and the first team to go home. With Virginia Tech batting in the bottom of the seventh inning of a 0-0 game, the Hokies loaded the bases with none out. However, a ground-ball double-play (a force-out at home and then on to first base) and then a regular ground-out saved the Gators. In the top of the ninth, Florida then staged a two-out rally to score twice, and the 2-0 lead held up.
The Gators move on to face UCLA tonight, and the spectacular run of Angela Tincher and the Hokies comes to an end. The next game on tap features Arizona vs. Alabama.